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HUGHES WINS $92 MILLION CONTRACT TO BUILD EARLY WARNING SYSTEM FOR KUWAIT

 FULLERTON, Calif., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A $92 million contract to build a ground-based early warning system for Kuwait has been awarded to Hughes Aircraft Co., a unit of GM Hughes Electronics.
 The Preliminary Early Warning System will provide Kuwaiti military commanders with surveillance of aircraft entering the nation's airspace as well as keeping track of their own aircraft. Kuwait has no current ground-based early warning capability because of losses suffered during Desert Storm.
 Hughes will refurbish an existing air operations center and construct a radar site as well as provide radar display consoles, operational software, communications equipment, civil engineering and construction. The completed system will integrate data from a new U.S.-built FPS-117 long-range radar and an existing French-built short-range radar.
 Hughes will provide the "air picture" produced at the air operations center to civilian air traffic controllers, major air bases and other military facilities.
 The early warning system will be in place in one year and includes three years of follow-on technical support by Hughes personnel.
 In the future, the system will integrate a low-altitude surveillance system which will be procured under a separate contract.
 Hughes, the world leader in providing airspace management systems, has built or is completing systems for 23 nations including the United States, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the NATO alliance.
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 /CONTACT: Dan Reeder of Hughes Aircraft, 714-732-4631/


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